Valerie Berseth

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Reconcilable differences? Integrating Indigenous and Western knowledge
Faculty of Arts
Dr. Ralph Matthews
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Similar to many of my graduate school colleagues, I’m driven by a multitude of questions that I feel I’ve just begun to wrestle with. A PhD allows me to delve deep into some of these issues.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

UBC has an outstanding faculty and group of students who do high quality research. I count myself lucky to work in such a stimulating and supportive environment.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Watching salmon return to their rivers to spawn is always an incredible experience, and something I didn't expect coming from Toronto.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I am most looking forward to travelling along the Pacific Coast for my research. The hardest places to get to are often the most rewarding.

What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?

In my time off, I love to explore hiking trails, go fishing, and play board games.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Never go at it alone. Some aspects of graduate school are very rewarding, but there are also a lot of moments in between that are personally and emotionally challenging. My advice to new graduate students is to reach out, especially to grad students that have been around for a while. You'd be surprised by how many people have experienced the same issues and are willing to help!


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